Joe Lovano, With the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble
Grammy-winning Saxophonist, Composer and Producer
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Performance Dates
Friday, March 1, 2019 8:00pm at Crowder Hall

Single tickets on sale Friday, November 2 at 10:00 am. 

"After 30 albums as a leader and at least 25 years in the spotlight, it's clear Joe Lovano is more than a dominant figure in jazz. He's jazz's answer to George Clooney or Jeff Bridges, a vibrant player who delivers an award-worthy performance every time out."  The Wall Street Journal 

Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer Joe Lovano is fearless in finding new modes of artistic expression. With a Grammy win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat Magazine’s Critics and Readers Polls countless time as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Triple Crowns from DownBeat. He has also gotten numerous awards from Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophone, Album of the Year and Musician of the Year. Joe Lovano continues to explore new horizons within the world of music as a soloist, band leader and composer. 

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1952 he attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston where years later he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. Since 2001 he has held the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance and is a founding faculty member since 2009 of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee directed by Danilo Perez. He is a guest lecturer at New York University’s Jazz Program, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music as well as Clinician at Universities around the globe.

Joe has also performed and recorded with a long list of jazz greats including Woody Herman, Mel Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Tony Bennett, Abbey Lincoln, Charlie Haden, John Scofield, Gunther Schuller, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Ed Blackwell, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Judi Silvano, Ravi Coltrane, Chucho Valdés, Ornette Coleman and many others.

In addition, composer Mark Anthony Turnage wrote a Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra for Joe called "A Man Descending" which has been performed globally and Maestro Michael Abene orchestrated an album of all-Lovano originals called "Symphonica for the WDR Symphonic Orchestra and Big Band", which was released on Blue Note and received a Grammy nomination.

This Tucson performance is the finale event for the UA's Fred Fox School of Music AZ JAZZ WEEK Festival.

Photo by Craig Lovell

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